Wednesday, October 22 - Friday, October 24, 2014
The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC
The term Developmental Disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with Intellectual Disability, Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Syndromes such as Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Fragile X. Children, youth and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. These concerns impact significantly on the affected individual’s quality of life as well as their families, caregivers and the community.
This conference will provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural and complex health components specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. The conference will focus on life transitions across the lifespan and health and mental health challenges associated with school transition, entering adult life and aging. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to maximize health and wellbeing so as to minimize disability and improve quality of life. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.
"I was impressed by how many disciplines and organizations were represented at this
conference. Interdisciplinary collaboration needs to happen between systems, not just within
them, and this conference was a great way to form connections and awareness..."
- Child Life Specialist
(Health and Wellbeing 2012)